GRANBY – Granby Elementary School fifth graders learned through their participation in the Fulton City Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that their choices in life may come with rewards or consequences.
During a recent program graduation ceremony, several students said that when facing challenges and difficult situations in the future they will remember what Officer Sophia Graves taught them throughout the 10-week program: drug and alcohol use may lead to risky behavior, peer pressure should be resisted and being a good citizen will lead to a successful life.
“It tells us what not to do when we grow up,” one fifth grader told Fulton City Court Judge Jerome Mirabito.
“We got to learn about what’s in cigarettes; you can get cancer,” another student said.
Principal Heather Witter said each student now serves as a role model to their peers.
Remarks were also offered by local dignitaries and Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino, who told students that only they have the power to determine whether they make the right choices in life.
Sebastian Alfano, Grady Marshall, Mia Knight and Camerin Nesbitt received a DARE goodie bag after Office Graves announced they were winners of the DARE poster contest at Granby.
Winners of the skit contest were: Natalie Frost, Aiden Trude, Aiden LaBreck and Branaiza Stanley, all of whom read their script or performed for the crowd.
Each fifth grader was presented with a certificate of completion and enjoyed refreshments with classmates, teachers and guests.